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Politics / Re: President Donald J. Trump
« on: Yesterday at 08:22:41 AM »
ICE chief praises Trump, plans to send more agents to sanctuary cities

During his interview with the Examiner, Homan also praised the Trump administration, saying it has "taken the handcuffs off law enforcement," allowing them to address immigration more thoroughly.

"You can like President Trump, not like him, like his policies, not like his policies, but one thing no one can argue with is the effect they've had," said Homan.

According to Homan, illegal border crossings have decreased by 70 percent under Trump and arrests inside the country have increased by 40 percent.

The 30-year immigration agency veteran also said he has gotten a green light to hire 10,000 new immigration agents, who will work to arrest illegal criminals sheltered in sanctuary cities and elsewhere.

Politics / Re: President Donald J. Trump
« on: July 21, 2017, 03:19:59 PM »
That most of the Western world is dependent on cheaply-made Chinese goods is not propaganda, but fact. The irony that a country like China, molded by its communist past, should own Capitalistic America via our appetite for mindless consumerism, is lost on you Trump apologists. Americans are China's addicted junkies, and the self-serving Trumps/Kushners in the WH are enabling that relationship.

I didn't say anything about how much the world depends on Chinese goods. I was just pointing out that you can't trust anything coming out of the Chinese government or their mouthpieces, which you were quoting.

If you want some actual figures on how much of a trade imbalance there is between the US and China, then go here:
You'll see that the US has imported more from China than was exported there since the 80s.

Random Topics / Re: Random stupid things on your mind. Post them.
« on: July 21, 2017, 11:30:42 AM »

A 33 year old grandfather with a face tattoo who gets into fights with people on a plane. Classy.

Politics / Re: President Donald J. Trump
« on: July 21, 2017, 09:37:33 AM »
These leftist never consider the source before they post.  They just sling shit and move on.

It's probably more that people don't know much about their media outlets. South China Morning Post out of Hong Kong is probably the highest quality one dealing with China, but the reality is that even they aren't editorially independent or free of pro Beijing sentiments.

Politics / Re: President Donald J. Trump
« on: July 21, 2017, 07:11:15 AM »
Meanwhile, in China...

Li said China's economic growth exceeded expectations during the first half of this year, with the economic structure having been prioritized and with greater contributions by the service industry and consumption. "Opening up to the outside world has been our fundamental policy, and China's door will be opened even wider," he said.

1) China Daily is directly owned by the Chinese Communist Party and the State Council Information Office (ie the body that censors media in China).
2) You can't trust Chinese government numbers and figures on anything - especially their economy.

Politics / Re: Random Political Thoughts
« on: July 20, 2017, 09:03:06 PM »

Random Topics / Re: Music
« on: July 20, 2017, 07:23:07 PM »

Concept demonstration explores robotic aviation refueling system

Soldiers manning the fuel pumps at forward refueling points are at risk from enemy targeting and the U.S. Army is testing out a new technology so that it can remove them from harmís way.

The U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Research, Development and Engineering Center is testing out a Limited Initial Capabilities Demonstration of the Autonomous & Robotic Remote Refueling Point (AR3P) that uses a robot to refuel a helicopter in the front line.
Equipped with articulated arms and sensors, the robotic arm can top up fuel without any human input.
The system was developed by the Centerís Aviation Development Directorate and Operational Energy Lab using commercial off-the-shelf materials for the majority of the package.

Engineers hope to eventually refuel a AH-64 at Fort Eustis, Virginia during Phase 4.

Transphobic bus

Have to post the link to the article separately, since facebook video embedding seems to delete it:


Politics / Re: The Border is Secure
« on: July 20, 2017, 01:24:07 PM »
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Six teenagers from a Burundi robotics team have been reported missing after an international competition in Washington and two of them were seen entering Canada, police said on Thursday.

Random Topics / Re: Music
« on: July 20, 2017, 02:50:45 AM »


In case you haven't ever seen the show, there are black characters in it.

Random Topics / Re: Music
« on: July 18, 2017, 04:36:12 PM »

Politics / Re: Random Political Thoughts
« on: July 16, 2017, 12:14:09 PM »


Would be good to go to MAKS one day

Random Topics / Re: Music
« on: July 16, 2017, 11:36:28 AM »

There was an alert fighter (F16) that was involved in a similar incident at Ellington about two weeks ago. I haven't seen any footage of the accident yet. Pilot survived. The plane had a fire on takeoff and since it was an alert bird it was fully armed. They set up a 3 mile evacuation zone while they dealt with the ordnance.

Just from the video of the MIG one it looks like either the landing gear wasn't locked down properly or that it has retracted when it shouldn't have (eg gear lever in the up position on takeoff).
An ejection at ground level like in these incidents can't be good for the body.

Politics / Re: Random Political Thoughts
« on: July 14, 2017, 04:15:23 PM »
Plans to close half of London police stations unveiled
Half of London's police station front counters will close under new plans announced by the Mayor of London. Sadiq Kahn said budget constraints had left him "no choice". Scotland Yard estimates it will need to make £400m of savings by 2020 under current funding. Under proposals each of the Met's 32 boroughs will be left with one 24-hour counter. There are currently 73 working counters, down from 136 since 2013.

Conservatives said the mayor was using government funding as a "scapegoat".

Mr Khan said: "The huge government cuts to the Metropolitan Police Service have left us with no choice but to take drastic action to protect the frontline of policing. "My top priority is keeping Londoners safe, and every pound saved by closing a front counter is a pound of savings that we do not have to find by reducing the frontline."
When former mayor Boris Johnson cut police station front counters in 2013, Mr Khan criticised the move, suggesting Londoners could be forced to report crime at police "contact points" in McDonald's restaurants.

Exactly what London needs with all the constant stabbings, acid attacks, moped gangs, and so on that has been occurring there of late.

Politics / Re: US Navy Japanese container ship collision
« on: July 14, 2017, 06:46:34 AM »
This is by far the most plausible explanation for the collision I have heard yet.  The only problem with his theory is that the Fitzgerald would not be entirely "blacked out" at night in peacetime.  Its port and starboard running lights and it's masthead light would be displayed.  . 

Sounds similar to situations you get between aircraft but at a much slower speed. Isn't there some kind of automated system in shipping where ships automatically communicate with each other and alert the crews to danger if there's a collision risk?
Sort of like this:

Random Topics / Re: Music
« on: July 13, 2017, 04:48:21 PM »

Yeah, it's been at least ten years since I flew in/out of Heathrow.  The last few years I was going to London routinely we flew in/out of Gatwick.  I preferred Gatwick over Heathrow anyway, except Heathrow had far better duty free shopping and was very close to a great aviation hobby/book shop (in West Draydon?).  Between that shop and Motor Books in central London, I spent a fortune on books.  I used to take a collapsible, cloth bag in my checked luggage to carry the books home.  I understand Motor Books is out of business, at least as a brick and mortar store.

I have never been through Gatwick as the only option for me is a single Emirates a day which doesn't connect well in Dubai. The whole dispute over expanding Heathrow or building a new airport for London seems crazy when you realise Gatwick is in the middle of fields and has only one runway.

I too buy quite a few books in London to take home with me, but I mainly like scifi so just go to the massive Waterstones on Piccadilly Circus or Gosh Comics in Soho. I've heard there's a very good map/atlas/travel bookstore somewhere in London, but for the life of me can't remember which one it was. Maybe I'll take a look at that Daunts Books next time I'm there.

Isn't that expansion taken up in the fuselage monocoque structure? Even if the expansion due to thermal loading was uniform across the aircraft at speed, it's not going to increase seat width or pitch to the extent it would be discernable to passengers.  I doubt passengers were any more comfortable at Mach 2 than they were subsonic.
Maybe you're right, but I thought I'd seen a video where a flight engineer was showing the camera what expansion was visible in the cockpit during supersonic cruise.
But yeah, 30cm isn't going to matter or be noticeable for passengers anyway.  :D As someone who is 6'4", I'd rather be slightly more uncomfortable for a significantly shorter flight than less uncomfortable for a much longer one.

You might enjoy this video (and the other parts) from the cockpit of a Concorde flight between London and DC:

There also used to be a plinth mounted Concorde in a traffic island entering/exiting Heathrow, but I can't remember if it was a real a/c or a scale replica.
It was a scale replica and has been gone for years. On the same spot there is now an Emirates A380 model:

Random Topics / Re: Music
« on: July 13, 2017, 06:31:22 AM »

New Zealand woman killed by jet plane takeoff on Caribbean island

Occurred at an infamous beach on Sint Maarten known for proximity to aircraft.   

I came to the conclusion it was a good thing the flights were shorter duration than standard commercial flights because it couldn't have been very comfortable.  Seating looked very cramped, with minimal pitch. Cockpit also looked cramped compared to other jetliners.

You do have to remember though that the Concorde expanded during flight ~12-30cm.

If you fly into Heathrow there's still a Concorde parked near the end of one of the runways:

There was a short-lived deal between British Airways and Braniff to fly the aircraft to DFW from Dulles as Braniff flight with a Braniff crew.  I remember reading an article explaining all the hoops the two airlines had to jump through to make the flights possible for various legal, insurance, labor, and regulatory reasons.  The whole thing was a bureaucratic nightmare on both side of the ocean.

There was also a similar partnership between Singapore Airlines and British Airways, but it was short lived due to governments from other countries and poor loads. An article on it here:

Politics / Re: President Donald J. Trump
« on: July 12, 2017, 11:02:52 AM »
Funny, it takes ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) to report this. They're as far from the US/Mexico border as the DemocratMedia is from sanity.

Don't worry, the Australian media is just as toxic and focused on Trump as it is everywhere else.
For example, this is currently on the front page of the ABC site:

Politics / Re: President Donald J. Trump
« on: July 12, 2017, 08:16:06 AM »
For the American men and women who patrol the US-Mexico border, Mr Trump's election has brought long-awaited relief.

"Certainly when he was elected, people were pleased," says Chris Harris, a San Diego representative for the National Border Patrol Council ó the agents' union ó which has long been pushing for more support from Washington.

They were in favour of Mr Trump's promises and can see changes happening. "The rhetoric was so strong from the President," Mr Harris says.

"The numbers have plummeted."

Just 16,000 people were caught trying to jump the border in June, down from 50,000 the month Mr Trump was elected.

But so far, Congress hasn't fully passed legislation to increase criminal penalties for people who repeatedly enter the US illegally. Mr Trump hasn't secured funding to build his border wall nor to hire thousands of new customs and border agents.

"If you draw a red line in the sand Ö and don't follow through, then people realise it was not true and it will change, but for right now it is holding," Mr Harris says.

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